The writing is on the wall I’m afraid, but it was a fun few days. I think the removal of pet talents, the pet character pane and the inability to feed them are all signs that Blizz is intending on removing the Worgen.
I can still pull him in and out of the stable, dismiss and re-summon, and even use Eyes of the Beast, but not much else I’m afraid. If you switch between dual specs it seems to bring back the character pane at least, but not the talents. It’s uncertain whether they plan to leave them this way hoping that Hunters will ultimately abandon their useless pets, or if they’re still working towards an ultimate solution. I guess it’s time to lock them in the stable and hope for the best.
As you can see by my screenshot which I took moments after logging in, the novelty has worn off. Garwal is probably the most common Hunter pet in the game now. The hotfix thread in the WoW Hunter forums is growing at an exponential rate. I’d expect a blue post there sometime within the next few hours.
I’m not really surprised at any of this though. I never honestly thought they’d let us keep them and I knew that it would only be a matter of time before every Hunter had one, considering how easy they are to tame. What is somewhat surprising is just how many Hunters still had the Alpha Worg quest chain available to them.
On a side note… in the miniscule off chance that Blizz lets us keep these, this may be a good opportunity to tell the desperate and gullible Hunters that entering arena now “fixes it”. They’d be a lot less common… 😈
Update: Ummm… Yea! I’ll take this as a compromise! If Blizz wants to swap out Hank for a giant Worg, I’m cool with that! He’d look pretty intimidating when under Bestial Wrath. 😉
Seems as if this Worgen hotfix is a work in progress. I wonder what other oddities await us.